Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
3 minute read
28 Feb 2021
9:16 am

Tokai Forest shedding its alien invasive coat as clearing operations forge ahead 

Nica Richards

Community members also have opportunities to upskill themselves by getting involved in clearing invasive species threatening local flora.

Table Mountain National Park's mountains are steadily being cleared of invasive plant species. Pictured is an indigenous wit steekbos plant. Photo: Nica Richards

Table Mountain National Park’s (TMNP) Afromontane forest vegetation in the Tokai Forest, made up of an intricate mix of plants, has created some of the rarest pockets of plants in the world.  From fynbos to wit steekbos, the sheer number of indigenous plants is something to boast about.  But this unique vegetation is at risk of being taken over by equally diverse alien vegetation, which tends to thrive in areas near water.  This is why the Tokai Forest, as well as Silvermine, are hotspot areas for alien vegetation growth.  These plants provide kindling for reoccurring fires on the mountains of...